Buckby boss Goodwin sets his players victory challenge

STALEMATE - action from Long Buckby's 1-1 draw with Desborough last Saturday (Picture: Ian Spencer)
STALEMATE - action from Long Buckby's 1-1 draw with Desborough last Saturday (Picture: Ian Spencer)

Long Buckby boss Scott Goodwin wants his side to pull away from the UCL Premier Division bottom five by beating AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday (ko 3pm).

The Bucks, who have drawn their past four matches, host the fifth-from-bottom side, looking to record a first win in 10 league games.

And they will know exactly what to expect from Kempston, having played them on February 23, a game that ended 2-2.

Buckby are currently seven points clear of this weekend’s opposition in the league standings, and Goodwin wants that gap to increase by Saturday evening.

He said: “We know Kempston have got a system. Will they change it? Probably not.

“They’re three places below us in the league and a win would give us breathing space between the bottom five.

“It’s an important game and we’ve got to try to get three points.”

Buckby came close to earning a maximum haul last weekend, as they went 1-0 up against Desborough Town only to be pegged back at 1-1.

“We were superb in the first half and anyone that saw the game will agree,” said Goodwin.

“We did well for 55, 60 minutes, but overall a draw was a fair result.”